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Integrating Difficult Emotions with Acceptance and Commitment

Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Nov 21, 2022
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What if we did not try to ‘work on’ difficult emotions but accepted these emotions as part of our human experience? Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) invites you to do just that: sit with and ‘be with’ uncomfortable emotions. According to ACT, ‘being with’ difficult emotions is an essential aspect of navigating these emotions.

ACT encourages clients to not avoid or deny their difficult emotions, and to not ‘work on overcoming’ these emotions, but to accept that their emotions are normal and appropriate responses.

Based on the six core principles of ‘cognitive defusion’, acceptance, being in the present moment, observing the self, exploring one’s values, and committing to action, ACT focuses on changing clients’ relationship with their emotions rather than on resolving symptoms. Surprisingly, symptoms resolve effortlessly this way as a by-product of establishing a more adaptive relationship with emotions.

In this 1-hour session, we will discuss the six core principles of ACT, explore the unique and highly effective way ACT teaches the integration of difficult emotions, and apply acceptance and mindfulness techniques during the session in an experiential exercise.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, is a highly experienced professional development facilitator, specialising in applied psychology for over 15 years. Renata is passionate about behaviour change and her interests include emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and workplace communication.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Adelaide, and the Australian College of Applied Professions. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.


  1. Assess the six core principles of ACT.
  2. Distinguish how ACT integrates difficult emotions.
  3. Evaluate the use of acceptance and mindfulness techniques to navigate difficult emotions.


  • The six core principles of ACT
  • Using acceptance and mindfulness techniques to ‘be with’ difficult emotions (experiential component)
  • Applying ACT techniques in a clinical context

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers

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